Product Type: Philips DVD recorders
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One for the oldies!
Philips DVDR 3320V
Member Name: luceyliu
Philips DVDR 3320V
Advantages: Records perfectly from VHS to DVD
Disadvantages: Poor at playing DVDs
The reason I bought this device was because I have a lot of home videos of when we were young and they are all in VHS and as they are quite old now I was very worried that they would become faulty after so many years.
After researching a bit online I found that places were charging up to 10 euro for each VHS to be converted to DVD so I knew it would have been better value for me to buy a DVD/VHS recorder myself and get it done cheaper!
I chose this Philips recorder because I have a lot of Philips equipment throughout the house and I am always happy with the quality and standard of their devices. I got this second hand on eBay for just 30 euro so I wasnt expecting it to be in perfect condition for the price. As long as it worked! I didnt intend to use it for anything more than recording VHS tapes.
There was no instruction manual with it so I had to search online for it on the Philips website which was a bit awkward but I did find it and within an hour I had everything set up and was beginning to record onto my first DVD! The machine is quite chunky compared to modern players but it does need to accommodate chunky tapes after all!
It can be controlled with ease with the remote control included and it took approximately one hour per tape to convert to DVD. It is a bit outdated and may not look very stylish but since successfully recording my old home videos I have put this into our spare bedroom and it is handy for watching DVD's when someone else is hogging the TV!
The playback was a bit jittery at times and it did freeze quite a bit. This was very annoying while watching DVD's because it could fast forward an episode and nothing would make sense. The sound was perfect and the recorded VHS tapes were fine when I played them on my computer but on this machine they didnt play well.
I wouldnt recommend this as a DVD recorder to be honest because I didnt think the quality of the picture and playback was that great. It works best if you are trying to transfer VHS tapes to DVD but I certainly wouldnt use this as my main player.
Summary: Excellent recorder but failed to play DVDs well
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